By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 19, 2017

  • I Corinthians 10:13 – God has given you power greater than the temptation!
  • Be prepared with the scriptures.
    • Psalms 119:9, 11, 101, 104, 133
  • Understand temptation.
    • James 1:13-15 – Don’t desire evil things – they are forbidden for good reason.
  • Be on guard and avoid danger.
    • I Peter 5:8
    • Proverbs 4:14-15
    • Proverbs 7:6-27 – an example of one who failed to avoid danger
  • Pray to avoid temptation.
    • Matthew 6:13
    • Matthew 26:41
  • Pray at the moment of temptation.
    • Jesus prayed in Gethsemane when His “soul was grieved to the point of death” (Matthew 26:36-46)
      • Mark 14:35
    • Luke 21:36
  • Use the scriptures.
    • When Satan tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, Jesus quoted scripture three times, saying, “it is written” (Matthew 4:1-11)
    • Jesus resisted temptation because He was resolved to fulfill the Scripture. Matthew 26:53-54
  • Flee from temptation.
    • I Corinthians 6:18
    • II Timothy 2:22
    • Genesis 39:1-12 – Joseph’s example
  • Final thoughts
    • Hebrews 4:15
    • Genesis 4:7 – God’s message to Cain about sin: “you must master it”

The Serpent of Old

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 6, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Genesis 3:6
    • II Corinthians 2:11
    • II Corinthians 4:3
    • I Thessalonians 3:5
  • Satan focuses on the negative
    • Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1
    • Adam and Eve were living perfect lives in the Garden of Eden, but Satan focused on the one thing they weren’t allowed to do.
    • I Timothy 4:8
  • Satan appeals to our selfishness
    • Job 1:7, 10-11; 2:4-5
    • James 1:14-15
    • I John 2:16
    • Genesis 3:5-6 – This parallels I John 2:16 with the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life.
    • Genesis 3:3, 22-24 – The devil lied!
    • John 8:44
    • II Corinthians 11:3-4
    • II Corinthians 5:9
    • Ephesians 5:7
  • Satan makes sin convenient
    • Genesis 3:6, 12
    • I Timothy 2:13-14
    • Proverbs 7 – Don’t stray into paths that make sin convenient.
    • I Corinthians 15:33
    • II Timothy 2:2
  • Satan is losing
    • Genesis 3:15
    • Romans 16:20
    • Hebrews 2:14
    • James 4:7
    • I John 3:8

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 12, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Romans 12:1-2
    • I Peter 2:20-21
    • Philippians 3:13-14 – Heaven is the goal!
    • John 17:13-16
    • I Peter 4:3-4
  • Christians imitate Christ
    • In prayer
      • Mark 1:35
      • Matthew 15:36
      • Matthew 14:23
      • Luke 6:12-13
      • Mark 14:32-36
      • Luke 23:34
    • When tempted
      • I Corinthians 10:13
    • In treatment of others
      • Matthew 7:12
      • Philippians 2:3-4
      • Matthew 5:44-45
      • Romans 12:20-21
      • I Thessalonians 5:14
      • II Timothy 2:4
      • Colossians 3:23
      • Matthew 5:16
    • In speech
      • James 3:2-12
      • James 1:26
      • Colossians 4:6
      • Matthew 12:37
    • In thought
      • II Corinthians 10:4-5

By David Watson

Benchley, October 25, 2015

  • Proverbs 4:1-10
  • Learn to listen.
    • Proverbs 1:20-22; 2:1-5 – Wisdom starts through God’s Word.
    • Proverbs 2:11-22
    • Proverbs 3:5-6 – We have to learn to listen to God and not ourselves.
    • Proverbs 5:11-13
    • Proverbs 6:20-26
    • Proverbs 7:24-25 – Do not let your thinking go down the wrong path.
  • Mute the world.
    • Proverbs 7:6-23 – This is worldly wisdom at work.
    • James 3:15
    • Proverbs 1:10-16
  • Weigh the consequences.
    • Proverbs 6:27-35 – You can’t escape the consequences.
    • Proverbs 8:19
    • Proverbs 1:32-33 – God’s wisdom provides a better way.
    • Proverbs 5:15-18
  • See the reality.
    • Proverbs 7:21-27 – We need to look past the temptation to see reality.
    • Proverbs 5:3-5 – Satan sells many lies with pretty packaging.
    • Proverbs 5:7-11 – Sin leads to years of wrongdoing.
    • Acts 5:8-10 – Ananias and Sapphira did not see the reality of their sin.
    • Matthew 26:14-16 – Judas did not see how horrible his sin was.

Luke, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 20, 2015

  • Luke 3:7-4:21
  • Luke 3:7-20 – John taught everyone and was not shy about pointing out their faults.
    • Luke 3:16 – This is a general statement about the baptism of Jesus – it does not mean that literally every person would be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Compare Luke 7:30; Acts 1:2, 5, 8; 2:4
  • Luke 3:21-22 – Jesus is baptized. It was not for the forgiveness of sins.  See Matthew 3:15.
  • Luke 3:23-38 – The genealogy of Jesus. Compare Matthew 1:16.  It is possible that Luke is giving Mary’s lineage and Matthew is giving Joseph’s lineage.  In that case, Luke 3:23 is saying that Joseph is the son-in-law of Eli, just like King Saul called his son-in-law David “son” (I Samuel 18:27; 24:16).  This would satisfy two claims to the throne.  If you traced the lineage of Jesus through Mary, you would see that Jesus was “born of a descendant of David according to the flesh” (Romans 1:3) – that is, Jesus was a blood descendant of David through His mother.  If you traced  the lineage of Jesus through His adoptive father Joseph, you would see that Jesus was a legal heir of David, whose ancestors included the Kings of Judah from David, Solomon, and onward.
  • Luke 4:1-13 – Jesus is tempted by the devil.
    • Luke 4:3-4 – Jesus never performed miracles on command. He certainly wasn’t going to perform on command for Satan.
    • Luke 4:6 – See I John 5:19; Psalms 24:1. This is not really true.  Satan has influence in the world but that does not mean the world is his to give.
    • Luke 4:9-12 – It is wrong to test God. We have to be careful to not be guilty of this in subtle ways (promising God we will serve Him if He will do this or that, etc.).
  • Luke 4:14-21 – Jesus begins his public ministry.
    • Luke 4:18-21 – This is talking about Jesus freeing us from captivity to sin. It was not talking about rebellion against Rome.

The Supreme Court

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 5, 2015

  • II Corinthians 5:10
  • I Peter 1:16 – You shall be holy, for I am holy.
    • I Peter 4:2-5
  • I Corinthians 6:9-10 – Homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    • Homosexuality has been shown to not be genetic by several studies.
  • Romans 2:21 – You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?
    • Romans 2:17-22
  • Romans 13:1 – Be in subjection to the governing authorities.
    • Romans 13:1-7
    • I Peter 2:13-14, 17
    • Romans 1:7 – This book was written during a time of corrupt governments that crucified Jesus!
    • Acts 2:23; 18:1-2
  • Acts 5:29 – We must obey God rather than men.
    • Acts 4:18-20
    • Acts 5:27-29
  • II Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation.
    • II Peter 2:2-10
  • I Thessalonians 5:2 – The day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-2
    • II Thessalonians 2:1-2, 15
  • I Peter 5:12 – This is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!
    • I Peter 2:11; 3:9-11; 4:2-3; 5:12
  • Read your Bible!

Using 3 Tools God Gave Us

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 17, 2015

  • Conscience
    • Our conscience is a great tool, but it must be trained properly.
    • Acts 23:1; 26:9
    • Train your conscience by the word of God.
      • I Corinthians 4:4
      • I Corinthians 9:16
      • II Corinthians 11:28
      • I Timothy 1:19
      • Hebrews 13:18
    • The next time you feel guilty, do something about it!
      • Hebrews 9:14
      • Hebrews 10:22
    • Memory
      • God constantly implores us to remember!
        • Matthew 16:9; Luke 17:32 24:6-8; John 15:20; 16:4; Acts 20:35; I Corinthians 4:17; 11:24; II Timothy 1:3; 2:14; II Peter 1:13; Revelation 2:5
      • You know what your problem area is. Find a verse about it and memorize it.
        • Matthew 4:4, 7, 10 – Jesus used scripture to defeat temptation.
      • Habits
        • Hebrews 10:25
        • Acts 8:9-11, 18-20 – Simon was in the habit of amazing people.
        • Ephesians 4:17-19
        • Many times, bad habits aren’t formed on purpose. We just settle into them out of convenience.
        • Break habits and start good ones. Ephesians 4:22-24
          • Renewed in the spirit of your mind
          • Putting aside the old self
          • Putting on the new self

Building Foundations, Part 6

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, March 22, 2015

  • Lesson 6: Overcoming Sin
    • I Corinthians 15:56 – The literal meaning of sin is “missing the mark”.
    • Romans 6:23
    • James 1:13-15 – God does not tempt anyone! We are responsible for our own sin.
    • James 4:17 – There’s no excuse for not doing the right thing!
    • I Corinthians 10:12-14
    • I John 1:8
    • I John 2:1
    • Hebrews 4:12-16 – It should be a great comfort that we have a Savior in Jesus who can sympathize with us.
    • Hebrews 10:16-27
    • II Corinthians 5:17-21
    • Galatians 2:20
    • Titus 2:11-14 – We must live upright and godly lives until the end. We don’t ever retire from serving God.
    • Galatians 5:16-26 – We must walk according to God’s will. Any other way causes spiritual death and destruction.
    • Romans 5-6

The Path of Sin

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By Jason Hunt

Benchley, December 28, 2014

  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • Source of temptation
    • Satan’s role:
      • I Peter 5:8 – He is our adversary.
      • Mark 4:15 – He takes away the Word sown in our hearts.
      • II Corinthians 11:14 – deceitful
      • Ephesians 6:11-12 – We face a spiritual enemy.
    • The individual’s role:
      • Matthew 15:19 – proceeds out of the heart
      • Genesis 6:5,11 – evil thoughts
      • Joshua 24:15
    • James 1:14-15
    • How sin develops…
      • The first stage is temptation
        • Desire
        • Enticement
      • The next stage is sin
        • Temptation leads to sin only when you yield and act on it.
      • The final stage is the consequence of unforgiven sin – death.
        • Romans 6:23
      • Where does sinful desire originate?
        • Enter the thought.
        • Dwell upon the thought.
        • Desire
        • Opportunity/enticement
        • Sin
        • Death
      • Example of Eve
        • Genesis 3:1-6
        • Enter the thought: “You will not surely die.”
        • Considered the thought: She went to see the tree.
        • Desire develops
        • Enticement
        • Sin: she took of the fruit of the tree
        • Death: separation from God
      • Example of Achan
        • Joshua 7:19-21
        • Enter the idea: he saw the spoils
        • Consider the idea: he does an inventory of the spoils
        • Desire: he covets the spoils
        • Enticement: he has the opportunity to take them
        • Sin: he takes the spoils
        • Death
      • Example of David
        • II Samuel 11:1-4
        • Enter the idea: he saw the woman
        • Considered the idea: he asked about the woman
        • Desire: to commit adultery
        • Enticement: opportunity as the king
        • Sin: committed adultery and later murder
        • He suffered consequences of his sin
      • How do we avoid this?
        • Change our desires
          • Proverbs 4:23
          • Colossians 3:1-2
          • Philippians 4:8
          • II Corinthians 5:17
          • Romans 12:1-2
        • Limit our opportunities
          • Psalm 101:3-4 – avoid wickedness
          • Psalm 1:1 – avoid wicked people
          • I Corinthians 15:33
        • God’s promise
          • I Corinthians 10:13
          • II Peter 2:9
          • James 1:12